Recorded over a two year period in Bunker Hill studios with Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries), The G-Man is very proud to present Great Expectations from Síle Ní Dhubhghaill, aka Sí.
Dark, sepulchral folk that could have been carved from the trunk of an ancient tree, Sí's debut is filled with a tenderness that is not as common as one would like these days. That is not to say the album is all sweetness and light : the brooding piano of the title track 'Great Expectations' and the honest yet defiant lyrics of 'Say' confirm this songstress is not exactly one for sugar-coating.
Some of the lyrics may be dark ("Can you hold me without holding me down because if you do I think I''ll drown you" from 'Song in D') but that is not to say the record ever approaches "gloomy" territory. If anything that has to do with the elegant sounds of Sí's harp which is as dominant (if not more) a sound on the recording as the piano. For me personally, the album reaches a peak when both are used together resulting in my favourite tune : 'I Was Made of Stars'.
Thanks to a very successful www.fundit.ie campaign Great Expectations will receive a physical release at the end of October 2011 which will coincide with a number of live dates confirmed for Cork, Limerick and Wexford (and more to be announced).
Tour dates :
October 23rd - Fellini's (Cork)
October 27th - Support for Laura Sheeran (Dublin - To Be Confirmed)
November 6th - Upstairs in Dolan's (Limerick)
November 15th - The Sky & The Ground (Wexford)